Mountain Line, Missoula’s community bus service, is operated by the Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD). Founded in 1976, Mountain Line provides fixed route and paratransit Zero-fare bus service funded by 14 Missoula community partners, helping employees get to work, students get to school, and keeping seniors and those with disabilities active and mobile. By reducing congestion, improving air quality, and providing safe and reliable transportation, Mountain Line improves the quality of life for everyone in our community.

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Recent Service Improvements

In August of 2012, Mountain Line added 15-minute high-frequency BOLT! service to Route 1 pursuant to Phase I implementation of MUTD’s 30-year Long Range Plan, developed with community input in 2012. In November 2013, MUTD voters passed a $1.7 million levy to fund Phase II improvements, which included BOLT! Service on Route 2 and Late Evening service until 10pm on Routes 1, 2, 6, and, 7, beginning in January 2015.

Mountain Line began operating fare-free on all routes in January 2015 as part of a three year Zero-fare demonstration project, originally funded by 14 community partners, including The University of Montana, Associated Students of The University of Montana, City of Missoula, County of Missoula, the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization, St Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula Aging Services, Missoula Downtown Association, Missoula Parking Commission, Missoulian, Southgate Mall, and Homeword, Inc. Destination Missoula joined the group as a partner in 2016. The Zero-fare program was extended for another 3 years in 2017 to last through 2020. Mountain Line’s 40 for 40 Campaign seeks to grow the coalition to 40 partners in 2018.


2015 - Zero-fare/Phase II1,382,050
2012 - Phase I897,888

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